The high school experience is one of the most influential and memorable parts of life, including opportunities to connect with new people and explore new communities while still in a learning setting, are some of the most influential and memorable parts of high school. During the two years of the global pandemic, there were little to no viable ways of getting physically involved in school, so taking advantage of the opportunities to form rapport and friendships seems more important now than ever. At Clark High school, getting “in” involves joining clubs and organizations that interest you in order to make new friends, become involved in a variety of communities, and enhance your day-to-day school experience.
Being involved at your school is so important because it helps you form lasting connections with people you never knew existed. I joined Clark’s student council because of an animated flyer with bright, flashing yellow lights. It read “Join Clark StuCo!” in the center and was decorated with stars and confetti around the motto. After a year and a half of being a member of StuCo, I‘ve learned, organized, delegated, laughed, and attended a variety of athletic events and concerts with my classmates. Outside of school, we communicate with one another when we need help with anything related to life. Building these lasting connections with people who have similar interests and having people to fall back on is what helps you love high school.
Another reason you should become engaged in activities at your school is because it will help you grow as a person. Leadership roles will enable you to improve your communication, teamwork, management, and organizational abilities. I’ve run into barriers during my duties, but upperclassmen have always been there to help me rectify my errors and learn new techniques. They have reminded me that failure isn‘t truly failure until you quit. Making mistakes and developing these abilities are essential in helping anyone become the greatest version of themselves.
Now, you know why being engaged at your school is important, but how do you actually get involved at your school? Whether it is attending club meetings after school or talking to your counselor, research your choices of activities, and from there, you can easily recognize what is for you and what is not. For example, if you love helping those around you but want to go bigger and help communities, I suggest finding clubs that involve community service and volunteering. Join the club you’re thinking of and actually dedicate a part of yourself to see how you like it. Now go out and explore!
Joshua Kim, Grade 10
Ed W. Clark High School